Kristen received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Geology from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s of Science degree from Arizona State University. After finishing her Master’s, she stayed at ASU and started working on the instrument operations team for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. While there, she automated herself out of a job so she could do other cool stuff. After 10 years at LROC, she shifted to the Bell Research Group to work on Pancam and Mastcam processing as well as lead the Downlink Operations team for Mastcam-Z. In this role she is designing the system that will be in place for processing, archiving, and releasing images to the science team and the public.